Why is France Thumbing Its Nose at Vaccines (in a big way)?

by Sarah VaccinationComments: 26

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The French people are no fools. As a culture, France seems to see through clever marketing ploys concocted by abusive corporations intent on perverting the laws of honest capitalism for their own profit. And, the French people seem to catch on long before most other countries raise a collective eyebrow.

In 1992, for example, more than two decades before Americans finally started to turn their backs on fast food, French citizens were protesting in the streets against McDonalds. The activism spilled into violent confrontation as protesters lit a bonfire outside a McDonald’s and again in 1999 when José Bové dismantled a McDonald’s under construction in South France with the help of a group of fellow farmers.

France doesn’t trust Monsanto either as the country has banned the sale of herbicides containing deadly glyphosate (Roundup) at French nurseries and mandated the labeling of GMOs along with restrictions on their cultivation.

This collective distrust of corporate ulterior motives extends to the vaccine industry as well. Since 2005, the doubts of the French public along with a large percentage of its medical doctors over the safety and effectiveness of vaccines has continued to skyrocket.

A recent presentation by Michèle Rivasi of the European Ecology MEP (Member of the European Parliament), highlighted her nation’s skeptism about vaccine safety, which “as a general rule, is being questioned”. Rivasi said:

Between 2005 and 2010, the proportion of French people in favour or very in favour of vaccination dropped from 90% to 60% (2013 INPES Peretti-Watel health barometer). The percentage of French people between the ages of 18 and 75 who are anti-vaccination increased from 8.5% in 2005 to 38.2% in 2010. In 2005, 58% of doctors questioned the usefulness of vaccines administered to children while 31% of doctors were expressing doubts about vaccine safety. These figures must surely have increased since (1).

Yes, you read that correctly.

In five short years between 2005 and 2010, the percentage of the French public who are anti-vaccination increased from 10% to 40%. French medical doctors are no more convinced as 58% question the usefulness of vaccines given to children and nearly one-third are concerned about safety.

Oh, and there are no more outbreaks in France than in the United States where vaccination compliance exceeds 95% in most cases demonstrating once again that herd immunity doesn’t apply to inferior, temporary vaccine induced immunity – only naturally acquired immunity that lasts a lifetime.

What’s more, the extremely high percentage (58%) of French medical doctors who have jumped off the vaccine bandwagon was calculated in 2005. Here we are in 2015 and no doubt there are now more French medical doctors who are against vaccination than are for it.

Despite the extremely high percentage of French doctors who question vaccines, it would be incorrect to say that American doctors are completely in the dark. 13% of pediatricians in the US deviate from the recommended CDC vaccination schedule for their own kids. Here is a quotation from the spouse of the department chair of pediatrics at a major university system in the United States who wished to remain anonymous for obvious reasons (identification might very well cause harassment or termination!):

My son is one of those pediatrician’s kids. He’s nearly 5 and never been vax. His pediatrician parent is the department chair of pediatrics at a MAJOR university system. Why don’t we vaccinate? The burden of proof is on them to show that it’s safe. And they haven’t. And believe me….we’ve been through every. single. piece. of research!

Media coverage no doubt plays a big role in why the French are still way ahead of the United States in the vaccine opt-out trend. In America, when something bad happens with regard to vaccines, major media (whose major sponsors include the vaccine industry) refuses to cover it, so the duped public continues on its merry way with no knowledge of the vaccine carnage that is actually occurring. Even when a story runs that questions vaccine safety, the journalists are blacklisted. Witness what happened to the courageous Katie Couric when she covered the damage occurring to teenage girls vaccinated with HPV.

In France, however, the media covers stories of vaccine deaths, and they make front page news. For example, widespread coverage in France occurred in April 2015 following a report by the Technical Committee of Pharmacovigilance to the Directorate General of Health regarding the deaths of two newborn babies after receiving the Rotarix and RotaTeq vaccines. The babies died from inussusception which is a life threatening condition where part of the intestine slides into an adjacent part of the intestine. These oral vaccines, produced by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Merck have caused 500 adverse events so far and 200 of these were defined as serious.  

In other words, the French people are better informed about vaccine safety and effectiveness and the lack thereof than most other countries.

Given the history of the French people of accurately predicting lifestyle trends that eventually take hold elsewhere, Americans on the fence about vaccination would do well to carefully examine the reasons for the massive French vaccine opt-out.

Without a doubt the vaccine industry has already noted this trend which accounts for the millions being funneled into aggressive lobbying efforts to mandate vaccines across the United States before Americans catch on to what the French already know.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


More Information

Malibu Moms to Vaccine Industry: Take Your Shots and Shove ‘Em

13% of Pediatricians Reject the CDC Vaccination Schedule or Their Own Kids

Prominent Medical Doctor Warns Against Mandatory Vaccination

The Myth of Mandatory School Vaccinations

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Comments (26)

  • j joyce

    While some vaccines may have adverse affects for some, they are not nearly so devastating as an outbreak of whopping cough or polio. The risks of fatal or permanent harm associated with such diseases are far more real and prevalent.

    Nothing in the world is perfect, nothing is perfectly safe, we just need to choose the lesser of two evils.

    October 5th, 2015 6:30 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The lesser of 2 evils is getting the illness. My 3 children have all had whooping cough and my youngest was a young toddler at the time … no big deal. Yes, they coughed a lot for a few weeks but, I am certainly glad I didn’t risk their longterm health with the vaccine for it! The very very few who get complications from these diseases are plastered all over the news but you rarely hear about the millions who have no trouble at all. Playing the odds in your favor is not getting vaccinated. And, getting the shot is no guarantee you won’t get sick anyway. Most of these outbreaks include fully vaccinated people!

      October 5th, 2015 6:39 pm Reply
  • Jackie ford

    Sorry but La Vie is definitely not en Rose in France– vaccinations are supposed to be free choice but in actual practice parents and doctors are being forced to vaccinate. The French medical system is doing everything to destroy homeopathy and alternative medicine, to promote vaccines as well as all kinds of dangerous medications despite the many major scandals, anti depressants are routinely prescribed for everyone across the board…but yes, there is still more information and less propaganda than in America..

    August 28th, 2015 3:39 pm Reply
  • Katie

    Hi Sarah,

    I liked the article. Can you give me some sites or anything that gives me a reference for your research?

    August 25th, 2015 9:33 pm Reply
  • Amy

    Thanks for the article. Very informative. The (1) reference isn’t working “problem loading page”. It would be great if a date was at the top of the articles. Thank you. Will be frequenting your site more!

    August 25th, 2015 6:59 pm Reply
  • Expat

    I moved to France in 2004. I live in the rural Midi-Pyrenees region. My GP is what you might call a classic country doctor in my nearest town (pop. 12,000). Through two bouts of autoimmune disorders (the first brought on by a mandatory tetanus shot in a California ER in 1992) he has never uttered the word vaccine even when the French media was pushing hard for everyone to get a flu jab. Every autumn i receive in the mail a voucher for a free jab along with a letter from the government glowingly promoting the virtues of vaccination.
    The French government and media are as occupied with globalist eugenics as the US. Its the French people who are, for the most part, resistant to authoritarian nonsense. The French educational system still teaches critical thinking.
    A few years ago during the big worldwide flu panic, when people were dropping dead in Eastern Europe, Sarkozy the Atlanticist neo-con commanded the government to order over 60 million vaccinations so that everyone in France could get a shot. A few months later, after the epidemic, the news was that Republique Française was still sitting on over 50 million unused vaccines and trying to figure out what to do with them. There were no more deaths here than in any other normal flu season. The death rate here for influenza is probably much lower than in the US, although I don’t have statistics to back that up. I never hear of anyone dying from the flu in the media. I think this can be attributed to healthier unadulterated food, non-fluoridated water and free access to top notch medical care for all.
    My American friends continue to ask me when I am coming back home. That’s a laugh. I am home.

    August 25th, 2015 1:43 pm Reply
  • Stephen Blackbourn

    Having taken FCLO and the Skate liver oil alternately for the past 2 or 3 years I’m obviously concerned at this report and will keep a look out for news on this.

    My experience has been generally positive. My dental health has improved noticeably. I was suffering from very sensitive teeth and used to dread going to the dentist. Now I experience no undue sensitivity even when having my teeth cleaned at the dentist. My vitamin D level was tested on the 1 Jan this year and was a healthy 45 ng/ml – this despite living in the (mostly) gloomy midlands of the UK with no winter holidays and no Vit D supplements.

    On the subject of rancidity: Rancid oils are easy to detect IMO. They smell and taste bad! I have found that FCLO does start to taste rancid after it has been opened for a few weeks. I have solved this problem by using vacuum wine bottle stoppers and a pump to remove the air from the bottle each time I take some. No more rancid taste even down to the last teaspoon! These stoppers and pump are available online and I highly recommend them especially if you are the only one taking the oil and a bottle lasts quite a while once opened.

    Thanks Sarah and please keep us informed.

    August 24th, 2015 2:37 pm Reply
  • joe

    i wish this article displayed the published date., am i just missing it?

    August 24th, 2015 3:03 am Reply
  • Anna

    Thanks for this article. I believe the French have mandatory vax for diphtheria, polio and tetanus. I wonder what their uptake rates for the remaining viruses are? I’m guessing gardasil rates are dropping!

    August 23rd, 2015 7:49 pm Reply
  • Linda

    There is an article in my paper today (Richmond, VA) about why vaccines are totally safe, written by a pediatrician. He even says herd mentality is a good thing.

    August 23rd, 2015 5:33 pm Reply
  • A Lee

    After our pediatrician kicked us out of the practice (because of the recent measles scare), we are having trouble finding a pediatrician in the area who will take our kids. The pediatricians around this area seem to be strongly pro-vaccine.

    August 22nd, 2015 9:09 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I would recommend going with a family doctor. They are in general much less rigid and more open-minded about vaccination than pediatricians. Remember … the pediatric specialty was created specifically to push vaccines on children. Don’t expect the majority of them to have any sort of flexibility of mindset. Most are pretty robotic in my experience.

      August 22nd, 2015 10:45 pm Reply
      • Alex Moghadasi

        Dr. David Berger on Fletcher. A pediatrician that works on children that have autism form vaccination. He is wonderful. I have been taking my son to him for the past 4 years. He is all holistic in his approach. Maybe you already know of him!!!

        August 27th, 2015 12:18 pm Reply
  • Deborah

    Thanks, Sarah! Another great post.

    August 22nd, 2015 2:40 pm Reply
  • Laura Hayes

    Sharing this great article now, Sarah!

    Also, I just started Kevin Barry’s new book which is hot off the presses and titled “Vaccine Whistleblower: Exposing Autism Research Fraud at the CDC”. WOW…after reading just the Preface and Foreword I can already tell that this is a MUST-READ for everyone! It’s relatively short, and chronicles the 4 taped phone calls between Dr. Brian Hooker and CDC Whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson. Buy a few copies (available on Amazon), because I guarantee you that you are going to want to have extras on hand to share with others…including any duped or willfully-ignorant pediatricians you know and any ignorant/arrogant/bought politicians who are currently “representing” you (ha!).

    August 22nd, 2015 2:10 pm Reply
  • Rai

    Has anyone insight for Homeoprophylaxis?
    My son is 3 and thinking of this alternative homeopathy vaccine.
    Please comment.

    August 22nd, 2015 1:52 pm Reply
    • Katja

      Google Dr Isaac Golden. His website is very informative, sells his books and you can also order a HP kit from him. We have done it with our son (now 2.5 years old) and he has never been sick! Good luck.

      August 23rd, 2015 1:54 am Reply
    • Amy S

      My homeopath, Kari Kindem, offers homeoprophylaxis. I think she is one of the best homeopaths in the country. Here is her site on the topic: immunizationalternatives.com/about-kari-j-kindem-cfhom/ You don’t have to live by her–she operates through email, phone, and Skype.

      August 25th, 2015 11:00 am Reply
  • Elle

    But I do wonder why they just don’t attach ANYONE that speaks out against vaccines. Why don’t they attack fathers too??

    August 22nd, 2015 12:47 pm Reply
  • Dianne

    The French know.how.to.protest! Bless their hearts! They also don’t have fluoride in the water and they can buy raw milk in vending machines.

    August 22nd, 2015 11:50 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, gotta love that French defiance. It’s a cultural thing that has saved them from the obesity epidemic too (they refused to give up their butter and cream in the 1970’s and beyond during the ridiculous lowfat craze which has now been shown to just make people fatter).

      August 22nd, 2015 12:18 pm Reply
  • Laura g

    “Without a doubt the vaccine industry has already noted this trend which accounts for the millions being funneled into aggressive lobbying efforts to mandate vaccines across the United States before Americans catch on to what the French already know.”
    Exactly!!!!! Very well said and exactly what I’ve been thinking.

    August 22nd, 2015 11:29 am Reply
  • Jean finch

    Michell Bachman shared the fate of Katy Couric!

    August 22nd, 2015 10:34 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, and Donald Trump says that vaccines cause autism or whatever the heck he wants and gets away with it (as does Dr. Oz and others). There is very much sexism involved in this debate probably because a mother speaking out against vaccines is so powerful. Dads don’t typically make these types of health related decisions at home for the children … Moms do.

      August 22nd, 2015 12:13 pm Reply
      • Kathleen

        Hi Sarah, I’d appreciate references too…I posted this on Facebook and received this reply:

        “Except, of course, this is nonsense. The quotation used to show vaccination opposition is actually, if you follow the links and read French, from an article about H1N1 vaccination some years ago in France. Those opinions by doctors are about avian flu vaccination, not pediatric vaccination overall. . The claim that French people overwhelmingly oppose vaccination and have a rapidly rising rate of opposition is not supported anywhere in the article by any statistics from any credible source. Moreover the argument ‘French people are often in the lead on things, therefor you should pay attention to the French, who actually have a stable, non-falling 95%+ rate of vaccination makes precisely the opposite argument – you should get vaccinated because the French do. Quoting a EU Parliament member who cites a literature survey, and not the actual article within it is an extraordinarily disingenuous form of journalism.”

        Please respond to requests for references. Thanks.

        August 27th, 2015 5:14 pm Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          Not sure what reference this person followed, but the quotation cited in the article is from a French official and was part of recent presentation by European Ecology MEP (Member of the European Parliament) and included a larger statement about how there will be a vaccine “dialogue” in France in the coming months to try and help counter extreme and rapidly rising French defiance of vaccines and widespread distrust about their safety and effectiveness. http://www.thevaccinereaction.org/2015/08/the-french-national-debate-on-vaccine-safety/

          August 27th, 2015 5:23 pm Reply

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